Bedlam is an offshoot of an old-MUD called Anotherworld. The playerbase is relatively small, but very friendly. Newer players that stick around will quickly find themselves being outfitted with good starting gear by the experienced players. The entire playerbase is also more than willing to help with things like corpse retrievals and levelling.
The staff is also small but usually quite helpful and receptive to ideas when approached in the right way. Bugs are usually fixed very quickly when reported and strong consideration is given to implementing ideas from players. A good portion of the features added in the past year or so seem to be based on player ideas.
One of the most unique features of the MUD is the availability of an iOS app designed specifically for the MUD. While not completely polished or bug-free, it is a very ideal way to play the game for people on-the-go or for casual players. As a result, the game is quite casual and casual-friendly.
The quest system is also quite interesting, although it does have a few problems from time-to-time (minor bugs and annoyances). The quests offer alternative ways to level beyond grinding NPCs and some of them have good rewards.
Player-owned shops are also another interesting addition. Players are able to purchase a shopkeeper to sell their goods to other players. This provides great benefit to newer players as they can browse player shops for good gear, while also making it easy to sell excess gear one might earn.
The MUD also offers a basic clan system in order to promote fellowship.
Players are also able to purchase housing and many interesting housing upgrades, such as storage rooms and combat pets.
The classes could use some improvement, mainly in increasing the distinction between them. Some classes are too similar to each other. Some classes are rarely played for this reason since they don't offer much over other similar classes.
PK is basically non-existent (players may duel each other in a small arena) so those looking for PK should look elsewhere. It does not appear like expanding PK is on the horizon.
The MUD is relatively stable but crashes do happen every so often. They are usually fixed quickly, especially if reported.
To summarize, Bedlam is a small but friendly MUD with many nice features. There are many small bugs and quirks, but the game overall is enjoyable for those looking for a more casual atmosphere.
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